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Lobelia tupa - L.

Common Name Devil's Tobacco
Family Campanulaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards The whole plant is poisonous[200]. It contains the alkaloid lobeline which has a similar effect upon the nervous system as nicotine[274]. Even smelling this plant has been known to cause sickness[274].
Habitats Wooded slopes, in the open and amongst shrubs[192].
Range S. America - Chile.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lobelia tupa Devil


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lobelia tupa is a PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in flower from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Narcotic;  Odontalgic.

A juice pressed from the leaves is used in the treatment of toothache[192, 238]. The plant is smoked as an intoxicant[192, 200, 238].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Best grown in full sun or in an open position in light shade with some shelter from the wind[200]. Requires a permanently moist fertile loamy soil[200]. This species is hardy to about -10°c, but in areas with mild maritime winters plants can be induced into early growth and this growth is more susceptible to frost damage[200]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a greenhouse[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in the spring[200]. Plants can also be divided and potted up in the autumn and kept in a cold frame over the winter to protect against losses in severe winters[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Lobelia cardinalisCardinal Flower03
Lobelia dortmannaWater Lobelia, Dortmann's cardinalflower02
Lobelia inflataIndian Tobacco03
Lobelia radicans 03
Lobelia sessilifolia 10
Lobelia siphiliticaGreat Blue Lobelia, Blue Cardinal Flower, Big Blue Lobelia, Great Lobelia02
Lobelia spicataPale Spike, Palespike lobelia01

 

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chris reisner   Sun Apr 27 2008

I would like a picture of the lobelia tupa please

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